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Posted by James DraxMay 13th 2013
Dear Mr Nicholson I am a massive fan of your books and love your creative ideas.I am a producer and would love to turn the SINGER novels into a film. I hope we can meet so I can try to persuade you to hopefully turn this brilliant book something people can enjoy on the screen as well as the book. Thanks James Drax
William Nicholson responded:
I would love to see The Wind Singer and its sequels made into films - but only if they're going to be well done. That takes money. So I'm unwilling to sign over the rights (which effectively locks them up) unless there's evidence that a producer can deliver the finance. Also I have recently had another similar enquiry, from a very solid production company. That, like others that have gone before, may lead to nothing, but I'm willing to wait. In the mean time, if you want to take matters further, you should approach my UK film agent in the first place: Norman North at The Agency.
Posted by Random GirlMay 7th 2013
Hi William Nicholson, I have to do an pretend interview about The Wind Singer. I was just wondering the answers to my questions. What inspired you to write The Wind Singer? What genres do you like writing most? Can you relate to any of the character in that book? How long did it take for you to write this book? When did you start writing? What do you like about writing books? Why did you decide to write this book? Do you think in your mind it was a popular book, regardless of how many books were sold? How popular did you expect this book to be? Any other interesting information?
William Nicholson responded:
I started writing the Wind Singer as an attack on the dominance of exams in education. I like writing all genres - I find switching between genres and styles and forms refreshes me. I relate most strongly to Bowman and Kestrel, because they're two halves of myself. But then so is Mumpo me, so it's complicated. It took me about a year to write the book. I love writing books because I love making things up. Is the Wind Singer popular? I think so, but I don't really know. It's the book I wanted to write. The rest is up to other people.
MotherlandPublication dates announced
UK publication February 2013 and US publication May 2013
The Golden HourNow available in hardback
Maggie and Andrew are lovers who live apart – Maggie in the country, Andrew in London. When Andrew is offered a job close to Maggie, moving in with her is the next obvious step. Or is it? Moving in together leads to marriage. Is this the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with?
Maggie panics. Andrew is devastated. But when he turns the tables on her, Maggie begins to see him rather differently.
Meanwhile Maggie’s Sussex neighbours are living through their own intense dilemmas. Henry’s midlife crisis is exacerbated by a plague of rabbits in his garden, but hiring petty criminal Terry to extend the fencing turns out rather badly. Henry’s wife Laura is secretly adored by her brother in law, Roddy. He hovers in the wings for the moment to declare himself; while screenwriter Alan’s efforts to convert a Grade II listed outbuilding to a workspace are thwarted by a maddening local planning officer – Maggie.
The stories of these and other characters entwine in a continuous dance over seven golden days of high summer. It is a human kaleidoscope that perfectly captures how familiar yet strange, passionate yet mundane, painful yet comic our everyday lives can be.
All the Hopeful Lovers
The sequel to ‘The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life’, set eight years later, in December 2008.
Gorgeous Chloe is now 19, and takes it upon herself to set Alice up with Jack, which would be great except Jack’s dreaming of Chloe… Chloe’s mother Belinda, aged 50, wistfully reflects how much better at sex she is now than when she was young, but she’d never be unfaithful to her husband Tom. So when she discovers he’s having an affair she’s more than angry….